Arts news

New monthly art fair at Shaftesbury

A NEW monthly art fair is starting at Shaftesbury Town Hall on Friday 7th September, showcasing work by selected makers and artists from the area. The Shaftesbury Group has been founded by Karren Burkett and Andrea Jenkins, who have selected professional and semi-professional artists to show their work at the town hall. The aim is…

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A magical landscape reimagined

IF you stand in the doorway of the Temple of Flora at Stourhead and look out across the lake, the landscape before you is breathtaking – and almost entirely manmade, a fanciful evocation of an Arcadia which captivated the imagination of wealthy 18th century landowners like Henry Hoare who made the Grand Tour of France,…

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Acting with Arena

BOURNEMOUTH-based Arena Theatre will be offering training to adults and juniors from September 2018. The Acting Arena will provide drama training to people of all abilities and ex­per­ience. It is aimed not only at aspiring actors but those seeking to gain confidence for everyday life. Arena’s artistic director Paul Nelson says: “There are several theatre…

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Lift Off! for Salisbury’s biggest free party

FOUR days of free entertainment over the August Bank Holiday weekend will celebrate the arts across the city of Salisbury and launch Wiltshire Creative’s first season of programming. The programme includes live music, street theatre, circus, fireworks and a new opera by Salisbury-based composer Howard Moody. The Lift Off! weekend runs from Friday 24th to…

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New drama season at Exmouth Pavilion

SOUTH Devon’s theatrical life gets a new boost this summer with the arrival of the first season of summer plays at Exmouth Pavilion, just a few miles along the coast from Sidmouth, where the Manor Pavilion Theatre hosts the country’s only remaining summer rep season. The debut Exmouth season is presented by Don’t Go Into…

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Mary Anning project for Lyme summer school

A NEW summer school at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, will celebrate the town’s most famous citizen, the fossil hunter Mary Anning. Exeter Northcott and Marine Theatre have joined forces to launch this significant new youth theatre project. Starting on 13th August, the Marine Young Company marks a major step forward in placing young people…

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BSO and Resound perform Relaxed Prom at Royal Albert Hall

CONDUCTOR Sian Edwards makes her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Monday 27th August, for the second ever Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The full orchestra will be joined by the BSO’s new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound and together they will be performing music by Shostakovich, Bern­stein, Rachmaninov and Tchaikov­sky, as well as…

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